language requirements English B2
Imagine yourself as a child, or a teenager, living in Berlin during the First or Second World War, under the Nazi regime, or perhaps at a time when the city was divided between the East and the West. What would you do, where would you spend most of your time, where would your parents be, what could you learn at school? What would be your dreams and aspirations? This course equips you with knowledge, skills and information that help to answer and reflect on the questions about Berlin's history and culture, the life of its inhabitants, and socio-political developments in Germany and Europe in the 20th century.
By using the lens of children and adolescents, the course raises the topics of war, racism, eugenics, humanitarianism, displacement, child welfare politics and analyze how different events of this turbulent century shaped the present-day Berlin and Germany. In the class sessions, we will discover a variety of children’s experiences, read personal stories, analyze historical documents, reflect on exhibitions and movies, contrast and compare child policies and politics during war and peacetime.
By the end of the course, we will be able to build a bridge between the past and the present, use historical knowledge and critical analysis in discussions on the current socio-political problems and events as well as reflect on our own lives in the present-day dynamic cityscape of Berlin.
Berlin Perspectives is an international and interdisciplinary module for incoming international students to complement their regular studies at Humboldt-Universität. It is also open to regular HU students who may enroll as part of their elective course requirements (üWP). Courses are taught in English, German, or in bilingual formats.
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
! Please register for the courses before the semester starts both here in Agnes
and the Berlin Perspectives online registration form:
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website: